Thursday, December 10, 2009

Casual Classics Challenge Completed

1. Emma by Jane Austen
2. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
3. Silas Marner by George Eliot
4. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
5. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
6. The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck
7. Burning Bright by John Steinbeck
8. Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
10. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
11. The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard
12. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

13. Middlemarch by George Eliot
14. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
15. Three Men in A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
16. Three Men on a Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome
17. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
18. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
19. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
20. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
21. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
22. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
23. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
24. Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
25. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
26. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
27. To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck
28. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.
29. Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
30. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
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